George R. Stewart

George R. Stewart (1895-1980) was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Princeton. He received his Ph.D. in English literature from Columbia in 1922, and joined the English faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1924. He was a sociologist, toponymist, founding member of the American Name Society, and author of more than twenty books, including the highly successful novels Storm and Earth Abides and several works of American history.

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    Names on the Land

    Organized thematically (sample chapters: “Yankee Flavor,” “America Discovers Columbus,” and “How Names Were Symbols of Empire”) this lighthearted book will be a delight for anyone who ever wondered how their hometown, or (more likely) the next town over, could be called that.